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Beneath the Planet of the Apes 1970

The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans...

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This rocks.

Modest mouse is quite possibly my favorite band for the moment. Their music's catchy and the lyrics are touching and well-written.
Here's one of my fav bits from The View:
If life's not beautiful without the pain,
well I'd just rather never ever even see beauty again.
Here are my top three films. I had already posted 1 & 2 in a thread, but my choice for #3 changed.


#1: Beneath Planet of the Apes
This film isn't just stupid, but truly illogically awful. In the beginning we meet Charlton-Heston-Lookalike (C-H-L for short) who lands of the planet in the exact same way Heston in the first movie. And then C-H-L goes threw numerous adventures, all of which are the exact same thing that Heston did in the first movie. This alone puts the movie on the list. But it is what happens in the third act that truly cements it on this list.
Then he gets captured by the evil freaks underground. And he meets up with Charlton Heston, who has also been captured by the people underground. Now it is strange that they introduce an entirely new character (well, in a way) and not flesh out the one from the first movie. But while watching it, I assumed he had something better to do (then again, anything would be better then this movie) but no, he appears. So why did they shove him into a little surporting role while having a wannabe repeat copy his every move. It truly baffles me.
And then, we learn that the undergrounders worship a "Alpha and Omega" bomb aka a bomb that will destroy the entire world.
Then there is a little fight with the apes and then Charlton Heston sets the bomb off is he dies and the entire world blows up.
The End

Both Grinch and MoD could easily be replaced on the list, considering that they are the average run of the mill crap.
Not BPOTA. It is a rare gem of awfulness. Something so awful, it will be nearly impossible to top in pure filth.
Well, it turns out there were more "damn dirty apes" than money to continue for several more sequels to the Charlton Heston classic POA. The studio was not willing to throw a lot of money at these films. It's already quite evident in this first outing called Beneath the Planet of the Apes.



Carpenter goes a bit over the top with story (this stuff is best left simple: a guy trying to deal with the realities of transparency and going a little nutty in the process...just look at the classic version from James Whale) and adds all kinds of needless baggage involving Sam Neill. I guess that's expected. What isn't expected is how well Chevy Chase fits into this role. Perhaps there should've been more comedy; but really, I like Chase here. His style reminds me of Foul Play and Seems Like Old Times just a little bit. The effects are also quite good. Oh! And so is Darryl Hannah. Very enjoyable film.
Whereas the 1st was a brilliant piece of work with a powerful message, the 2nd is pure science fiction nonsense. However, it's still fairly enjoyable. It may have been helped by me enjoying all the references to it in "Futurama".

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

At times this is just as good as the first movie, but it tends to get extremely weird towards the end of the movie. This was once my second favorite in the series but on a second viewing it's weirdness later in the movie has made it one of my least favorites in the series.
Planet of the Apes, a true timeless classic, but we all saw it coming: a horrible sequel. Beneath the planet of the apes is truely the worst sequel in the history of film, and I have seen all the sequels to Jaws. The reasons why this is such a horrible sequel are the fact that the producers/crew took a good idea and just completely trashed it. Just because the previous film did very well doesn't mean that you should try to improve the next movie and make it better, because a lot of the time you ruin a good idea.
This movie is ridiculous. From the horrible hammy acting to the bizarre sham of a plot, it is terrible. I don't recommend this movie to anyone who considers themselves a moviegoer (Or renter, for that matter).
This film (Planet of the Apes) hasn't exactly aged well but I have to say it's pretty darn enertaining. What was once was considered a sci-fi classic (and perhaps it still is) should probably now be viewed (and enjoyed) for it's camp value. This wildly successful film spawned a slew of sequels, TV shows and a bad Tim Burton remake.

Planet of the Apes (1968) - 6.5/10
Director - Franklin J. Schaffner
Starring - Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowell, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, James Daly, Linda Harrison.

George Taylor (Charlton Heston) is among a group of astronauts that crash-lands on an unknown planet. It's a strange place full of talking apes. Yep apes rules and humans are the primates on this planet! When the Master Ape (Maurice Evans) discovers Taylor isn't like the other humans; he can actually speak and think on his own, he is horrorified and wants Taylor killed. But fortunately for Taylor a few of the Ape Scientists (Roddy McDowell and Kim Hunter) are curious and sympathetic so they try to protect Taylor.

I remember seeing this on TV many years ago when I was a kid. I'm pretty sure it scared me! Well after recently viewing this on DVD I couldn't stop laughing. It's pretty darn funny. The ape masks, which were considered landmark back in the day, look like $5 rubber masks you might purchase on Halloween. And the film is full of social/moral themes, many of which seem kind of silly forty years later. But it's all cheesy good fun and who doesn't like a fattening slice of cheese? Despite it's unintended campiness, it's highly enertaining. And it has one of the most wicked cool endings ever! Check it out. And avoid the rest!

Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) - 3.3/10
Director - Ted Post
Starring - James Franciscus, Charlton Heston, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, Victor Buono, Linda Harrison.

Escape From the Planet of the Apes (1971) - 4.5/10
Director - Don Taylor
Starring - Roddy McDowell, Kim Hunter, Ricardo Montalban, Sal Mineo, Eric Braeden, Natalie Trundy.

Planet of the Apes (2001) - 3.3/10
Director - Tim Burton
Starring - Mark Wahlberg, Helena Bonham Carter, Tim Roth, Michael Clarke Duncan, Estella Warren, Kris Kristofferson, Paul Giamatti.

This "remake" has all of Tim Burton's usual visual flair but is totally lacking in almost every other aspect. A terrible script, chopping directing and a totally unconvincing lead (Mark Wahlberg) will leave you screaming for Charlton Heston. The sad thing is that this is actually a film that seemed primed for a fresh remake, and with Tim Burton at the helm the potential was there. But it's as bad as any of the remakes.
Better than most people say. This film gives us a question almost as big as the first. Pretty good for a sequel.
Though,unnecessary sequel,it gave a better point,but is still a bad film.It featured a darker story,and revealed even more terrifying secrets.The ending will shock you for a long time. The film offers no originality and you will leave wondering what was the point making a sequel this pointless.The film offers some entertaining scenes and a few scenes with Charlton Heston, and no scenes with Roddy McDowell.I find myself believing it was the sequel that the first planet of the apes deserved, because nothing could have been any better.
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